More than 70 Corgis gather at Balmoral to celebrate Queen's reign

Corgis for the Queen! More than 70 of Her Majesty’s favourite breed of dogs gather at Balmoral to celebrate Monarch’s seven decade reign

  • To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, over 70 corgis visited Balmoral
  • The dogs all posed for a photo on the front lawn of the Scottish castle 
  • The Queen has had over 30 corgis in her life, the first when she was a child
  • Latest Platinum Jubilee news as the Queen celebrates 70 years of service

Dozens of corgis, Queen Elizabeth’s favourite breed, posed on the front lawn at Balmoral to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

More than 70 dogs were photographed at an event organised by the the Corgi Society of Scotland to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year-reign.

The castle in Aberdeenshire is the 19th Century holiday home where the Queen and members of the Royal Family spend their traditional holidays between August and September each year.

In her lifetime the Queen has owned more than 30 corgis, her first Corgi she received was a gift on her 18th birthday in 1944.

To mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, over 70 Corgis and their owners congregated on the front lawn at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society of Scotland 

Joy Stephen, 6 months, with her corgi Marvin relaxed on the front lawn at Balmoral today

Graham and Zoe Walker with their corgi Arnie snapped a selfie with their pet at the event in Scotland

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is now one of the UK’s favourite breeds despite being listed as ‘vulnerable’ in 2014. The trend in its popularity appears to follow milestones in the Queen’s (pictured last year) life, as she took to duties with her Corgis in tow

Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London, July 1936

Corgis and their owners on the front lawn at Balmoral during an event with the Corgi Society 

Corgis have conic part of British history since being introduced into the royal family during King George VI’s reign.

King George VI brought home the family’s first corgi in 1933, the little pup was officially named Rozavel Golden Eagle.

After the Queen got her first Pembroke Welsh Corgi in 1944 while she was still a princess, the number of them in the country rose steadily.

Corgi registrations peaked at nearly 9,000 puppies in 1960, seven years after the Queen’s coronation.

In 2009 the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was first added to the Kennel Club’s ‘At Watch’ list of British breeds when annual registrations numbered between 300 and 450.

But by 2021, there were 1,223 Pembroke Welsh Corgis registered – the highest number recorded for the breed in almost 30 years, coinciding with the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for the Queen.

Corgi owners of all ages enjoyed a walk in the royal estate with their owners before posing for photos in the grounds

The Queen currently owns two corgis and a dorgi – a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi

Gysele Van Driel with her corgi Dazzle who enjoyed the sunny weather in front of Balmoral Castle

The event brought together dozens of Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh corgis

Hilary Greensill, a member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Association, said there was a ‘fantastic’ atmosphere at the event on Saturday afternoon.

She said: ‘We have been to Balmoral before and with it being the Platinum Jubilee year, the estate approached us and suggested we might like to come back in the summer time.

‘It is a really nice opportunity to showcase the breeds and how much fun they are and help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with dogs the Queen is fond of.’

She added: ‘It has been fantastic, very very jolly and noisy, lots of barking, and lots of fun.

‘We have had the most glorious day and the sun has been shining down and that has made everyone really happy.’


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